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Old 06-11-2015, 06:39 PM   #1
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Trying to append file to tar archive returns error “Cannot stat: No such file or dire

Just started using Linux and practicing using different commands, as a learning exercise I was trying to append a file to a tar archive that I created named "test.tar" using this command:

tar rvf test.tar newfile

Which returned the error:

tar: newfile: Cannot stat: No such file or directory
tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors

I also tried:

tar -rvf test.tar newfile

Which returned the same result.
Old 06-11-2015, 06:45 PM   #2
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what happens when you do ls?
It sounds like the newfile isn't in the directory. Change to the correct directory and try again?
The command works fine for me - but outputs the same error when I changed directories.

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Then I would say that the file newfile does not exist in the current directory.

Does it? If so, what does ls -l say within the current working directory?
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Facepalm... I was following the examples at this link:
And in example number eight I was given the impression that the command would create and append an empty 'newfile' to the tar archive. I didn't realize the file had to actually exist first... thanks for answering my stupid question guys lol


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